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Easter bunny/Tuzki look-alike medallion is out!!

Are you all as ready for the warm season as I am?? This decorative medallion is perfect for adding a cute, quirky pop of colour to your spring!

Could be used as a coaster, bookmark, table decoration; or strung up to form a garland, gift label, tag for an (Easter) basket, bouquet or wine bottle…you name it. The design is easy to understand and suitable for advanced beginners and up. Have fun and bunnify your home, your way:).

Designed with love by Recoverista <3

Tuzkis-Stack Tuzki-Easter


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What’s hookin’? – Easter Bunny medallion (pattern coming March 4th!)

Hello, friends! Are you as tired of winter as I am? Longing for buds in the garden, sunshine on your face, and that one Easter egg behind the sofa that you only find a week later when your neighbours start complaining about the smell?

Well, you’re in luck: I’m releasing a new pattern…and spring just got a little bit awesomer.


BOOM.

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This Easter, add some SUPER CUTE QUIRKINESS to your table/living room/wall/window/bottle of wine/egg basket, with an Easter Bunny medallion that looks suspiciously like everyone’s favourite Facebook friend…

…wait for it…

Tuzki

YEEEAAAAHHHHHH!!

Pattern comes out Wednesday, March 4th. LET’S SPRINGIFY THIS THING


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Two Birds Hat give-away WINNERS!! 6

First of all, I’d like to…

…HA!

You’ll scroll down anyway, won’t you? So this is where we bypass the boring speech and go straight to…the winners!!

CONGRATULATIONS
Sherry Glover,
Sarah Hoppe-Savage,
Lindsay Slazakowski,
Rebecca Smith,
Rebecca Westling!

Please email me at rinske@recoverista.com and I’ll send you the PDF for the pattern directly. And I want to see all your WIPs! In fact, I might even do a little follow-up on here once you guys get to it (no pressure:))! So keep me in the loop once you get to Escherizin’, ya dig? (Escher was also a renowned street thug)

Alright, and now for some in-depth elaboration on how I picked my winners…plus that boring speech, if you make it that far.

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How I picked the winners
There were 19 answers – how awesome is that?! – so technically I had to pick four winners; one out of every five. But I quickly decided that bringing the number of winners up to five would give me a) a nice round number and b) the chance to make one more person happy…so five it was. Then I had to decide which comments I liked the most. That was kinda sorta incredibly hard. I mean, I can’t even imagine that 19 – NINETEEN – people not only were interested enough to check out the pattern, but to also then go to my page, like it*, think about an answer…I didn’t want to let anybody down, so I was on the verge of putting all your names into a sorting hat and just pulling out five at random. But then it occurred to me that most of you probably at least put a little thought into your answer, so I wanted to honour that by also putting a little thought into this.

*= I don’t think everybody ‘liked’ my page, but I decided not to be too strict about that, because hey, I don’t want to bully anyone into liking anything. If you simply forgot, however, and you do like my page all organically and stuff…I certainly won’t stop you:).

The below comments – copy-pasted in random order – are the ones that stood out to me:

Lindsay Slazakowski: Ahh! This is so weird! My bf is an artist and designs custom TOMs shoes. He’s working on an Escher pair right now!! It would be so perfect to be able to make a matching hat!!

Lindsay Slazakowski's photo.

How awesome is that shoe? And how much does Lindsay deserve to make that matching hat?
To both, my answer would be ‘very much’.

Sherry Glover: Love the pattern. It reminds me that birds can fly off into the sunset. How peaceful would that be?

 

I have no idea, but Sherry, I love your poetic spirit!
And I have a feeling this pattern is going to make you super happy:).

Sarah Hoppe-Savage: I love classic art inspired patterns- but have seen so few in action. You’re blending two forms of art- and it’s GORGEOUS!!

I feel like Sarah really gets me, because I honestly, truly – dare I say it – view my crochet as art.
So thank you! That means a lot.

Rebecca Westling:I have a thing for birds. And tessellations. And crochet. What’s not to love?! This is like a “me” trifecta!

Well Rebecca, it’s your lucky day, because I have a thing for people who use the word ‘trifecta’ in a sentence!

Rebecca Smith: I’ve loved MC Escher’s work since I was 2 and lived in the Netherlands. So cool!

I loved this answer because it is so personal.
And I love to be able to give you a nice reminder of that childhood memory!

In conclusion: heartfelt speech part
At the risk of sounding gratuitous, I do want to thank you all SO MUCH for participating. I have only been crocheting for a year, and the thought that this might be something I’m good at, a way to express my creativity and sense of beauty, would never have occurred to me even six months ago.

When I put this contest up, I asked my boyfriend: “But what if nobody participates? What if I get zero responses? I’ll look like an idiot.” And of course he replied with “That still wouldn’t mean you’re an idiot”, and I replied with ” I kno-hooow”, but I couldn’t shake that fear. This is something I really want to do; I take it very seriously and I put my heart and soul into it. That kind of passion makes you vulnerable. Even if you know that the mere fact that you’re putting it out there is worth something, is important. But what if nobody else thinks is important? What if nobody recognizes it?

Well – then all of you came along. And you told me why you think that what I created is important. You recognized what I’m trying to do.
And suddenly it’s real – even realer:) – because there’s a receiving side now. There are people on the other side, giving me feedback and inspiration for new patterns. What started out as a one way street is now a dynamic, circulating wave. And I’m part of something.

So thank you for looking, thank you for seeing, thank you for recognizing. It means the world to me. <3
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Two Birds Hat: PUBLISHED and GIVE-AWAY CONTEST!

After a month and a half of sketching, studying and testing it’s finally here:

My Two Birds Hat!!

It’s a pattern for a gorgeous, MC Escher inspired hat depicting two interwoven flocks of birds. A mathematical sequence – that I figured out so you don’t have to:) – lends the hat its vibrant, dynamic look. Choose any two contrasting colors for a striking end result that will turn other people’s heads while keeping yours warm and fashionable!

I’m so proud, blah blah blah, but here’s why YOU should be interested:
TWO BIRDS HAT GIVE-AWAY CONTEST!!
UPDATE: CONTEST HAS ENDED

Congratulations Rebecca Smith, Sherry Glover, Sarah Hoppe-Savage, Rebecca Westling, Lindsay Slazakowski!! I want to see all your WIPs when you get to ’em:).

 

Two Birds


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Upcoming pattern: Two Birds Hat photo shoot!

…Or, as it turns out: photo shoots with your BFF are a blast! Even when it’s 23 degrees (Fahrenheit). And you have to take your coat off every five minutes. And you have to put your bag down in a field covered with dog pooh. I mean, if someone can make you forget about dog pooh, that is a real friend in my book.

Anyway: the pattern. It’s a gorgeous, art inspired pattern for a hat in a female medium size. I will release it next week and I’m so excited! Keep an eye on this blog and my Facebook page
FOR THERE WILL BE GIVE-AWAY CONTEST.

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While you alternate the two colors and shape the birds with the lighter color, the darker birds automatically form in the negative space. It’s magic! Actually it’s math, but that doesn’t sound nearly as exciting, does it.

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Leisurely standing in front of walls is my forte. Especially when it’s winter. With my coat off.
Can you tell my lips are frozen to my teeth?

Stay tuned for info on the contest…and funny outtakes. Because THERE WILL BE OUTTAKES.

Duh.


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